Priorities and Agenda


Guiding our Work

The Framework

Each year, the San Diego Housing Federation’s Policy Committee works to identify and outline policy priorities as a framework for an advocacy agenda. These priorities are presented to the San Diego Housing Federation’s Board of Directors for discussion and adoption, and thereafter guide the organization’s work.


  • Advance efforts for a local affordable housing revenue measure on the November 2020 and facilitate the passage of such a measure
  • Participate in the implementation and rule-making for and ensure the San Diego region receives its fair share of state funding programs, including: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond of 2018, the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program; the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program; the Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) regulations; new funds available from the passage of SB 2; and other statewide housing programs.
  • Support efforts at the federal level to protect critical affordable housing programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Tenant and Project-Based Vouchers, the HOME Program, and CDBG funding
  • Protect local housing funds (Housing Trust Fund, Inclusionary Trust Fund, HOME) to be used for the intended purposes of construction and preservation of affordable homes throughout the region
  • Track and monitor the status of at-risk affordable housing and advocate for the preservation of those units as covenant-protected affordable homes


  • Continue to work on and support changes to improve local density bonus programs and programs that include and incentivize affordable homes as a part of new development.
  • Advocate for enforceable inclusionary housing policies that produce affordable homes as a part of new residential development
  • Advocate for affordable housing as a key component of transit-oriented development (TOD) policies, local Climate Action Plans and transit agency policies, to include affordable housing requirements and make the San Diego region competitive for cap-and-trade funds.
  • Advocate for policies that dedicate publicly-owned land for purposes of affordable housing
  • Participate in process to determine local Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA) and ensure new state laws to strengthen and enforce Housing Element Law are included in Housing Element Updates.


  • Identify opportunities that could help to lower the cost to develop affordable homes through reforms that shorten entitlement processing times, reduce or defer fees, reduce parking requirements, create more certainty, and reduce unnecessary or duplicative regulatory barriers.
  • Seek opportunities to reduce the cost of land associated with developing affordable housing. This could include programs to promote land donations, utilization of land banking, public land set-asides, land trusts and programs for lease or below market sale of public lands.


  • Support efforts to prevent displacement and advance fair housing, including protecting against source of income discrimination and displacement by eviction.

+ Reducing and Preventing Homelessness

  • Support proven strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness, including prioritizing construction of permanent supportive housing and related services
  • Advocate for accurate data collection to better understand the homelessness crisis

Statewide Impact

The San Diego Housing Federation supports statewide legislation that advances our mission and policy priorities. For 2019, we have supported the following bills:

Priority Bills:

  • ACA 1 - Would create an additional exemption to the 1% limit for ad valorem taxes to allow for service bonded indebtedness to fund the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of public infrastructure or affordable housing. Would lower voter approval for such bonds from 2/3 to 55 percent. Read SDHF’s letter of support here and read the fact sheet for ACA 1 here. You can learn more from our blog post here.

  • AB 1486 - Clarifies and strengthens California’s Surplus Land Act to prioritize affordable housing when local agencies dispose of surplus land. This bill adds clarity regarding which local agencies much comply with the Surplus Land Act, better defines “surplus,” requires reporting on available surplus sites, and provides HCD with authority to enforce the Surplus Land Act. Read a bill fact sheet here and SDHF’s co-sponsor and support letter here. Read our latest blog post about AB 1486 here.

Supported Bills:

  • SCA 1 - Would repeal Article 34 of California’s Constitution requiring voter approval for development, construction, or acquisition of low-rent housing. Read SDHF’s letter of support here. Read about the history of Article 34 in a Los Angeles Times article here.

  • AB 10 - Would increase the aggregate housing credit dollar amount that may be allocated among low-income housing projects by an additional $500m and would allocate to farmworker housing $25m per year of that amount. Read SDHF’s letter of support here.

  • SB 9 - This bill seeks to increase the impact of the state’s existing low-income housing tax credit with no fiscal impact to the state by continuing to allow for the certification of state tax credits as allowed by state legislation passed in 2016 that was supported by SDHF. Read the fact sheet here. Read SDHF’s letter of support here.

  • SB 329 - Would include Section 8 rental assistance as a protected class for source of income under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Read SDHF’s letter of support here.

  • AB 599 - Defines “affordable workforce housing” and “affordable owner-occupied workforce housing.” Read SDHF’s letter of support here.